Microscope in a laboratory

BScBiomolecular Sciences

Why this course?

Our Biomolecular Science degree programmes will equip you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours needed for careers in all branches of bioscience and allied professions.

The MSci programmes are appropriate if you're interested in pursuing an academic or research-related career.

You can defer your choice of degree specialisation until the end of Year 2, giving you the option to progress to single, joint Honours or an Integrated Masters degree in any of the biomolecular sciences.

Our courses have a strong research base and benefit from excellent links with industry, the NHS and international partners. Student exchange programmes offer you the chance to study and take part in lab-based research abroad.

You'll study

You can choose from the following degree programmes all of which have a common curriculum in Years 1 and 2. This means that whichever degree you apply for, you can defer your ultimate choice of degree until you have experienced introductory classes in each of the subjects.

MSci/BSc Single Honours Degrees

  • MSci Biochemistry
  • MSci Immunology
  • MSci Microbiology
  • MSci Pharmacology

BSC Joint Honours Degrees

  • Biochemistry & Immunology
  • Biochemistry & Microbiology
  • Biochemistry & Pharmacology
  • Immunology & Microbiology
  • Immunology & Pharmacology

BSc Honours Degrees

  • Biomedical Science
  • Biomolecular Sciences

Work placement

We offer opportunities for you to engage with research full time in the summer preceding your final year. Since 2010, 47 undergraduate students have benefited from summer internships, of which 27 were funded by external organisations (including the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Carnegie Trust and professional societies) and others received internal funding (including the University's ResearchInterns@Strathclyde).

You'll receive in-depth training through the host lab as well as skills development workshops on public engagement, networking and poster/presentation preparation. Additionally there are opportunities for students to participate in the ERASMUS scheme. Students have worked in universities from Poland to Portugal, from the Czech Republic to Spain.

Major projects

You'll have the opportunity to take part in a Vertically Integrated Project – VIP@Strath. These projects give students from first year through to postgraduate level the opportunity to work with staff in multi-disciplinary teams on cutting-edge research and development projects.

By taking part in the VIP project, you'll be able to:

  • learn & practice many different professional skills
  • make substantial technical contributions to a project
  • experience many different roles on a large design team
  • interact & receive support from more senior students &, in some instances, receive mentoring from PhD students involved in the project
  • contribute to the completion of large-scale design projects that are of significant benefit to the research programmes of staff members

Postgraduate study

Students from these courses have gone on to Masters postgraduate studies including MSc in Biomedical Science, Industrial Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Forensic Science. A number of students have pursued PhDs at a number of universitities. Many students also go on to study for a PGDE in order to qualify as future science teachers.

Student competitions

Prizes for the best students are awarded each year by a number of societies including British Society of Immunology, British Physiological Society, the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology. Students are encouraged to enter a number of competitions such as Findacure Essay competition and Life Sciences CV Competition.

Course content

The programme has five major subject strands:

  • biochemistry
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • pharmacology
  • biomedical science

You can choose to specialise in two of the four biomolecular science subjects to joint Honours or in one subject to single Honours. These degrees take four years.

There's also an option to continue to a research-based fifth year and graduate with an MSci.

The four-year BSc Honours Biomedical Science programme has its own curriculum from Year 3. It's accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology and is designed to equip graduates with the skills for future NHS employment.

In Years 1 & 2 all biomolecular students study the same classes.

Year 1

You'll be introduced to fundamental biological concepts in biomolecular sciences and biological chemistry. Laboratory classes combine specialist and transferable practical skills with statistical analysis and data interpretation and presentation. You'll also choose two elective subjects from other departments across the University.

Year 2

You'll take classes in the four subject disciplines in Introduction to Immunology, Pharmacology, Microbiology and Biochemistry. Laboratory classes will develop the skills acquired in Year 1 and introduce some discipline-specific techniques.

Year 3

In lectures, you'll develop the discipline-specific knowledge acquired in Year 2, taking two classes per discipline stream. Laboratory classes cover the skills required; those on the IBMS-accredited Biomedical Science degree stream will take classes in Biomedical Microbiology, Immunology, Biochemistry and Fundamental Bioscience Haematology, Immunohaematology, and Immunodiagnostics.

Year 4

You can opt to specialise in particular disciplines or focus on topics within biomolecular sciences that match your career expectations. To progress to single Honours, you'll take three types of discipline-specific classes – Advanced, Clinical and Applied and an option class. The research project class will develop research skills in preparation for the final-year project.

Assessment

Our classes are assessed in a variety of ways. In addition to essays and MCQ in exams we also use laboratory reports, problems solving, critical analysis and presentations.

Learning & teaching

As well as lectures and laboratories, we use a variety of workshop styles, tutorials, online activities and group work.

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

MSci

Highers

Year 1 entry: AAAB/AABBC (Chemistry B, Biology/Human Biology B, Maths Nat 5 B/Int 2 B, English Nat 5 B/Int 2 B)

Advanced Highers

Year 2 entry: AB (Chemistry B, Biology/Human Biology B, plus Year 1 above)

A Levels

Year 1 entry: ABB/BBB (Chemistry B, Biology B, GCSE Maths B, GCSE English Language B or Literature B)

Year 2 entry: AAAABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)

International Baccalaureate

34 (two sciences - Biology/Chemistry/Physics HL5, Maths SL5, English SL5)

HNC/HND

Year 1 entry: HNC, Graded Unit A/HND, Graded Units BB

Year 2 entry: HND, Graded Units AB

Year 3 entry: HND, Graded Units AA

BSc Honours

Highers

Year 1 entry: AABB/AAAC (two sciences – Biology/Human Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not Higher) Nat 5 B/Int 2 B; Maths Nat 5 B/Int 2 B; English Nat 5 B/Int 2 B)

Advanced Highers

Year 2 entry: BB (Chemistry B, Biology/Human Biology B, plus Year 1 above)

A Levels

Year 1 entry: ABB/BBB (two sciences – Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not at A Level) GCSE B; GCSE Maths B, GCSE English Language B or Literature B)

Year 2 entry: AAAABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)

International Baccalaureate

32 (two sciences - Biology/Chemistry/Physics HL5, Maths SL5, English SL5)

HNC/HND

Year 1 entry: HNC, Graded Unit B

Year 2 entry: HNC, Graded Unit A or HND, Graded Units BB

Year 3 entry: HND, Graded Units AB

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes – for example MSci, MEng and MPharm – will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

Additional fees  

Course materials & costs 

Lab coats and safety goggles 

  • approx £25 

PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) 

Masters of Pharmacy students must pay for a PVG certificate during their first semester at a cost of £57.  This is applicable across all schools of pharmacy.  

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

Careers

Many of our graduates work in the development of drugs, food processing, protecting the environment, fighting disease or slowing the ageing process. They work in a variety of positions including:

  • research in academia
  • NHS & private sector laboratory technician
  • clinical support worker

We also have graduates working in areas such as medical writing, clinical drug trials, medical sales, and production control.

Institute of Biomedical Science accreditation of the BSc Honours in Biomedical Science ensures that this degree meets the academic requirements for registration as a biomedical scientist. This is required if you wish to obtain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Registration with the council is essential if you wish to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in an NHS laboratory.

Skills you'll gain on this degree will also prepare you for careers in finance, management, marketing, sales, business and media.

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How to apply – 10 things you need to know

  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
    Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
  2. It costs £12 to apply for a course
    The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
  3. The deadline is 15 January each year
    This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
  4. You might be asked to attend an interview
    Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
  5. It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
    Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
  6. There’s three types of decision
    • unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
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    • unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
  7. You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer
    Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.

    You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.

    You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
  8. You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
    If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body. However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
  9. We welcome applications from international students

    Find out further information about our entry and English language requirements.

    International students who don’t meet the entry requirements, can apply for our pre-undergraduate programmes.

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